A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
The functioning of the liver is a very complex one; it is also one of the most important vital organs in the body. And along with other organs such as the heart which pumps blood and the kidneys which regulate and eliminate metabolic toxins, the liver is a very complex organic biochemical laboratory-regulating glucose levels, the detoxification of toxins and many other vital biochemical actions within the human body. All the substances that can be used by the body are synthesized inside this vital organ by the transformation of essential nutrients absorbed from the foods we digest-it has other important functions, such as the breakdown of alcohol in the body. Some of the essential substances manufactured in the liver include an array of enzymes all of which are important in various metabolic processes within the body, substances that are involved in the blood-clotting mechanisms, and immune system substances such as the vitamins and proteins involved in the proper functioning of the immune system. Moreover, as has been mentioned, the liver is a very important organ for detoxification and is responsible for the detoxification and breakdown of a large number of harmful metabolic by-products, all types of hormones and all poisons and toxins, after processing in the liver, these are eliminated as waste through other organs such as the gall-bladder and the kidneys. The presence of liver problems can be inferred by the appearance of some typical symptoms such as the production of very pale and greasy stools, jaundice is always a result of liver dysfunction, in addition physical discomfort or pain just below the tight rib cage also suggests liver problems or the presence of disorders. Liver problems are also in addition, almost always accompanied by some type of stomach or digestive complain, these symptoms manifest themselves in the form of sudden appetite loss, the appearance of problems like nausea, abdominal bloating or vomiting of bitter tasting bile suddenly. The effects of excess bile in the bloodstream can sometimes cause the skin all over the body to itch terribly.
The physical symptoms induced by a fatty and sluggishly performing liver are very mild in general and the digestive symptoms often go unrecognized by the affected individual. Moreover the development of a either a liver or a gall-bladder problem is suggested when a person has a difficulty in digesting fatty foods or fried items. The detoxification process in the liver may not be happening quickly enough if the person has hormonal balance problems signaled by events such as PMS and morning sickness during the term of pregnancy-some very severe complications can arise if the detoxification process in the liver falters. Liver cirrhosis which is one of the serious conditions in the liver may not have many obvious symptoms-which are very unfortunate for the vast majority of patients as this complication has very serious implications for the patients unlucky enough to be affected by it. Due to the absence of symptoms, the condition may pass unnoticed before until it's becomes very severe or its causes a fatality. Under most circumstances and situations if the liver is given time to recuperate, it has the incredible capacity to recover and heal itself and this rejuvenating property is a special characteristic of the liver. Thus even when the liver is severely damaged, it will produce only moderate symptoms and it will continue to function adequately at half its capacity-maintaining all essential functions and metabolic processes.
A lot of toxins from the environment and a lot of toxic byproducts overload the average liver these days, as food habits and the foods used have changed. The liver is burdened with virtually all the various junk foods, many of the pesticides found in food, the artificial hormones and medications we consume today create-in the modern age, the liver may well be the hardest working organ in the human body. Artificial substances which are very hard on the digestive tract are found in most of the packaged and processed foods that we consume. The liver can be affected by the things that a person consumes, thus a lot of deposition of fatty substances results due to the repeated consumption of alcohol in alcoholics, and the same results are seen in those eating a lot of food which is rich in the saturated fats and the simple sugars while being poor in fiber; these foods impair the optimal performance of the liver and cause fatty tissue deposits-which further hinders normal liver functioning. Some of these foods are items such as white flour products, white rice and all varieties of pasta. The essential fatty acids found abundantly in foods like the cold-pressed oils such as flax seed oil should not be confused with saturated fats-these essential fatty acids are very important to many vital body processes, which includes the release of bile within the digestive system.
The liver manufactures bile and an inadequate bile flow to the gall-bladder (which stores bile) due to problems in the gall bladder itself can seriously affect the liver. A complicated set of symptoms so typical of liver problems can also result during hepatitis, which is an inflammation in the liver brought on by an infection or due to the ingestion of some types of poisonous substances and metabolic substances. Dietary habits and foods consumed also play a large role in the formation of gallstones within the body. The liver and the gall bladder are also very severely affected by the presence of stress and persistent feelings of anger. The liver is also taxed by poor eating habits, including consuming food too hastily and burdening the stomach through overeating-the timing of daily meals is important as irregular eating timings will also add to the burden faced by the liver. The liver is also affected if the person weights more than a few extra pounds over what is ideal-thus obese individuals often have very poorly functioning livers. People from all kinds of work and all age groups can be affected by liver disease; in general, liver problems are not the sole preserve of a particular age group.
Supplements and herbs
The detoxification in the liver is aided by various supplements taken during an incidence of liver dysfunction. The removal of fatty substances can be carried out through the use of supplements known as lipotropic factors, which prevent the fatty substances from accumulating and being deposited within the liver of the affected individual-these can be taken to serve a prophylactic action. A combination of lipotropic factors consisting of the compounds like the chemical phosphatidylcholine, the compound inositol and the amino acid methionine is often used to treat or prevent the deposition of fatty substances in the liver. The use of the compounds choline and inositol which are really forms of the B vitamins accompanied by the amino acid methionine, is suggested as a supplementary dose-these three compounds are required for the metabolism of lecithin inside the normal human body. The liver is protected from fatty substance deposition by lecithin, and the compound is moreover required to breakdown the ingested fatty substances from the diet.
Compounds like the folic acid and the vitamin B12 in addition to the other B complex vitamins also serve a supportive function where the daily internal role of the liver is concerned. If the energy levels of the person have gone down due to impairment in the liver , then the regular supplementary injections of the B complex vitamins will have a very dramatic effect in some patients. Till such times as the liver mends and recovers on its own, supplementary injections of the B complex vitamins can be self injected by the majority of patients-these injections can be carried out on a regular basis, preferably daily through out the duration of the problem.
Damaged tissues are cleansed and rebuild by the chlorophyll present abundantly in so many types of green food supplements, which can be taken on a regular basis. Substances such as the spirulina and the wheatgrass or barley grass also make excellent supplements for patients affected by liver problems. For individuals with a weaker physical constitution the milder detoxification power of the spirulina will be much more effective in dealing with all the problems within the body.
Many types of herbs and herbal remedies can effectively stimulate the liver and help in the regeneration of the damaged liver tissue-these bolster liver function and assist in its ability to manufacture bile used by the body in the digestion of fats and other fat based compounds. They also increase nutrient supply into the bloodstream, aid in the prevention of problems like constipation, and purify and cleanse the blood-aiding in the detoxification of blood within the body. The name “king of the glands” given to the liver is therefore very apt and rightly so as it is involved in almost all the metabolic processing of different substances within the body. Moreover, the liver is the largest organ found in the human body, and at any one time contains approximately about one-quarter of all the blood circulating within the human body.
Liver problems can be treated through regular drinks of a cup of herbal sage tea. Prepare this herbal tea by boil the sage leaves for three minutes in a cup of water, let the tea cool, carefully strain it and then sip the tea slowly about three times every day. To promote the flow of bile in the liver and to stimulate the functioning of the liver, regularly drink a cup of herbal dandelion tea thrice every day for a week on a regular basis. For about three weeks, regularly drink one cup of herbal milk thistle tea or the sage tea thrice each day during the occurrence of liver disorders. The antioxidant properties of the milk thistle herb will prevent free-radical damage occurring in the liver and this will also aid in tissue regeneration and repair the effects of tissue damage. Use a quart of boiling water to prepare an infusion using about 8 tbsp. of the hayseed herb per quart, alternately you can use twenty drops of a hayseed herbal extract for every qt. of hot water, let the herb steep in the boiling water for ten minutes and then strain the solution. Use this infusion as a topical treatment by dipping a cotton towel in the infusion and apply it on the abdominal region. Carefully wring the towel first to get rid of the excess infusion and then place the hot towel on the area of the upper stomach above the liver-this is an excellent topical measure. After this treatment, use a dry shawl as a wrap around the abdominal region.
All the given homeopathic remedies can be given at potencies of 6 or 12c one or thrice every day as a treatment for acute problems such as hepatitis. Chronic liver problems can be treated using a single dose of any of the remedies at 30c every day for a treatment period lasting several weeks, in addition, to this dosage chronic cases can also be treated using a starting dosage of 6x or 6c taken thrice every day during a treatment period lasting several weeks, this dosage can be repeated in a cyclic manner using different dosages first at 12c and then at a dosage strength of 30c for the same time period.
Additional things you may do
Rub both palms together several times every day while seated in a relaxed position, both palms must be rubbed firmly together, particularly along the balls on the thumbs. To increase the activity levels in the liver and to stimulate the functioning of the liver let somebody or a masseur scratch along your back and let him or her massage the area along spine in a vigorous manner-this massage will stimulate the liver.
Other beneficial herbs
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